Causes

If you can manage to do so I would encourage you to help and support with your time and/ or money one or more of the deserving causes which I refer to on the ABOUT page and a little more information on each of which is given below

aFRI – Action from Ireland – organise campaigns, events, publications and solidarity work on issues such as poverty, climate change, war and militarisation, natural resources, democracy, corporate accountability, and food sovereignty.

Féile Bríde is celebrated in Kildare each February

The Louisburgh ‘Famine Walk’ takes place each May in Co. Mayo. Past walk leaders have included Desmond Tutu, Owens Wiwa, Christy Moore, Denis Halliday, Damien Dempsey, Sharon Shannon, Andy Irvine, & Choctaw artist Gary White Deer.

The Afri Hedge School includes workshops and talks from grassroots activists and guests who have included former President Mary Robinson. Afri also co-organised the POSSIBILITIES summit, which welcomed the Dalai Lama to Ireland in 2011.

aFri provide development education in schools, colleges and the community.

They partnership with the global south that include the Kenya Pastoralist Journalist Network and the Niger Delta communities and they also work in the north of Ireland with Children in Crossfire.

Afri is a member of the Stop Climate Chaos Coalition, Dochas, Act Now on 2015, IDEA (Irish Development Education Association) and the International Peace Bureau.

The patrons of aFri include Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu and former UN Assistant Secretary General Denis Halliday.

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AVP Ireland – The Alternatives to Violence Project   is a network of volunteers running workshops for anyone who wants to find ways of resolving conflict without resorting to violence. They work in the community and in prisons and in July 2014 Ireland hosted the world gathering of AVP with delegates attending from across the world.

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Amnesty – Amnesty International Ireland take part in a number of global campaigns:

  • Forced evictions;
  • Human rights in the Middle East and North Africa;
  • Abolish the death penalty;
  • End FGM in Europe.

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CASA – the Caring and Sharing Association the aim of which is to develop friendships and provide respite and social outlets for people with disabilities. CASA are unique in that they work with and support people with all disabilities – physical, sensory and intellectual – of all ages and from all backgrounds. It goes without saying that the demand for their services greatly exceeds our volunteer capacity.

CASA provide the following services:

Social activities
Social groups provide weekly and monthly social activities in our network of over 20 branches nationwide. These include big group events with music and dancing, and smaller activities which include bowling, cinema trips and shopping. The aim of these groups is to provide the opportunity for socialising, friendship and support.

Respite breaks
CASA offers year round respite breaks in their Breakhouse in Malahide. It offers respite care to people with a disability, in an atmosphere where each individual is valued and respected. While providing respite for family carers, we also provide quality breaks for the person with a disability. This is achieved in a warm, supportive and family like atmosphere where members and volunteers partake in day-to-day activities and social outings together. In 2013 CASA provided quality respite breaks for 240 people.

Pilgrimage to Lourdes
CASA organises a Pilgrimage to Lourdes every year. Each trip caters for approximately 130 people, not only CASA members but they also liaise with hospitals and hospices to identify people with life limiting conditions that may wish to travel to Lourdes.

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Front Line Defenders – provide rapid and practical support to at-risk human rights defenders, including:

  • grants to pay for the practical security needs of human rights defenders;
  • provision of training and development of resource materials on security and protection, including digital security;
  • international advocacy on behalf of human rights defenders at immediate risk;
  • rest and respite, including the Front Line Defenders Fellowship;
  • opportunities for networking and exchange between human rights defenders, including at the biennial Dublin Platform;
  • the annual Front Line Defenders Award for Human Rights Defenders at Risk;
  • an emergency 24 hour phone line for human rights defenders operating in Arabic, English, French, Spanish and Russian;
  • temporary relocation of human rights defenders in emergency situations.

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GAP  – Global Action Plan – focus on three main themes: water, energy and waste and they work with people of all ages and operate throughout Ireland.

They work with communities of place (for example, villages) and communities of interest (for example, youth groups).

They specialise in working with people who are ‘unconverted’ or poorly served by existing environmental programmes.

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WALK FREE – The Walk Free Foundation endeavours to end modern slavery by mobilising a global activist movement, generating the highest quality research, enlisting business and working with government to drive change in those countries and industries bearing the greatest responsibility for slavery today – and see the Global Slavery Index

Thank you

Fran

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